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Russian, Armenian Presidents Meet In St. Petersburg

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (left) meets his Armenian counterpart, Serzh Sarkisian, in St. Petersburg
MOSCOW -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian met in St. Petersburg on February 26 for talks that included the dispute over the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

In statements, the Kremlin and Sarkisian's press service said they discussed Russian Armenian cooperation in various spheres as well as "regional issues," an apparent reference to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Medvedev is due to host fresh talks between Sarkisian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in the southern Russian city of Sochi on March 5.

Medvedev organized three such summits last year. Sarkisian and Aliyev failed to make decisive progress towards the signing of a framework peace accord drafted by Russia, the United States, and France.

In another statement issued ahead of the talks, the Kremlin said economic issues will be high on the agenda of the Russian and Armenian leaders. It said they will specifically discuss Russian involvement in Yerevan's ambitious plans to build a new nuclear power station.

Medvedev and Sarkisian were also expected to discuss the Russian Gazprom monopoly's intention to further raise the price of its natural gas for Armenia this year.

Armenian and Russian officials have been negotiating the price for the past few months. Energy Minister Armen Movsisian told RFE/RL earlier this month that the Armenian government still hopes to prevent an increase in the price.